5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Mosaic

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fertilizer giant Mosaic (NYS: MOS) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Mosaic's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Mosaic facts

Headquarters (Founded)Plymouth, Minn. (2004)
Market Cap$25.2 billion
IndustryFertilizers and agricultural chemicals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$10.8 billion
ManagementCEO James Prokopanko (since 2007)
CFO Lawrence Stranghoener (since 2004)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)17.6%
Cash/Debt$4.04 billion / $825 million
Dividend Yield0.4%
CompetitorsAgrium (NYS: AGU)
CF Industries (NYS: CF)
PotashCorp (NYS: POT)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 2,736 members who have rated Mosaic believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars jlefebvr9 and traviskang, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Just last month, jlefebvr9 tapped Mosaic as a solid way to play defense: "Regardless of the economic landscape, people need to eat and farmers need fertilizers to grow crops. Cheap, strong: definite excellent long-term investment."

Mosaic even sports a comforting debt-to-equity of just 7%. That's lower than that of competitors Agrium (41%), CF Industries (34%), and Potash (61%).

CAPS member traviskang elaborates on the Mosaic bull case:

Absolutely undervalued; long-term bullish pick. This is a good alternative 'safe haven' investment. People will still need to eat and farmers need to use fertilizers to grow crops. The big picture demographics are still pointing toward population growth around the world, so I am ultra-long this company (5-10 yrs), given its valuable assets, efficient/effective operations management, and knowledgeable/experienced executives.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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